Science and Human Behavior“We are all thoroughly familiar with descriptions of behavior in terms of traits, and trait-names are an extensive part of our daily vocabulary. As a result, we feel at home in describing behavior in this way. But the familiarity is misleading. The fact is that we can predict and control a response much more readily than a trait. A response is easier to define and identify, and its probability varies more sensitively.” (pp. 201-202)

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